In February, Leslie suggested that Ron and I needed a break. Her idea of a break was to take a cruise to the Caribbean. Mom had been sick and in or out of the hospital between Thanksgiving and the middle of January. By February, it looked like she was well on the way to being 100% healthy again. A break sounded pretty nice. So, Leslie and G booked us a cruise for May 1-5. It meant I had to get sub plans written up and arrange for a substitute, get Scott to dog and house sit, and find a bathing suit! I hate looking for a bathing suit, but sitting in the sun on a sandy beach with a beautiful view of the ocean sounded so relaxing. It was a lot of fun to go with Leslie and G; and, nice because we didn't always feel like we had to go and do the same things the entire time. Our cruise line was Carnival, and I now understand why it is called the party cruise. Sitting beside the pool was not possible because that was where the drunks hung out. However, that left all the silly games, trivia contests, and quite spots for reading or napping completely quiet and peaceful. If I have a choice between using Carnival or Royal Caribbean for our next cruise, it will certainly be Royal Caribbean. Better food, better atmosphere, and a little classier cruisers.
I have decided that I missed my true career choice, which should have been something nautical. I love being on the cruise ship! The rocking motion is so relaxing and soothing. Unfortunately, most of the family is decidedly not seafaring inclined. Ron, Leslie, and G battled seasickness most of the time. They were real troopers about it, trying a combination of essential oils and pills, and not letting it keep them from enjoying themselves. Even with the seasickness (and the drunks) we've decided that the entire family needs to take a cruise for our 45th anniversary.
|Bags packed, dog sitter on his way, ready to go!|
|Our entertaining traveling companions...|
|A quiet spot at the cafe while at sea...|
|Ron playing one of the many silly games...|
|The guys playing putt-putt...|
|Fancy dinner night with my handsome Sugarbear...|
|Our lovely table companions...|
|Leslie and G...|
|On the ride to Passion Isle...|
|An absolutely beautiful, private beach...|
|Leslie and Gerson...|
|And yet another quiet spot on deck at sea...|
|Leslie and G after winning their plastic ship on a stick for playing the not so newly wed game...|
|Ahhhhhhhhh... beautiful and serene!|